Learn With SDIA

SDIA assists our members and others we work with to improve their knowledge and skills in order to build their capacity to be effective agents of development. This strengthens the association and improves our results as civil society organizations.

Improving Skills

To improve the ability of our members to implement projects, we mentor and engage local trainers to assist with needs assessments, fundraising and project management, monitoring and evaluation.  We facilitate specific training events on good practices in the fields of health, education, community development and environmentally sustainable practices.

In recent years with assistance of SDIA and other partners, Susila Dharma Congo has become an NGO leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  SD Congo now constructs community led health centres negotiated with the communities they serve and various levels of governments. SD Congo is the international liaison for Congolese projects under its umbrella and administers all foreign funds for project support.

SDIA supported Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta to evaluate their work and deliver a local conference for all stakeholders on governance in Kalimantan, Indonesia. With the support our funding partners, in 2014 SDIA launched a programme to identify strategies to improve quality education and care of children with projects in Indonesia, Paraguay, Colombia, DR Congo and Portugal.

Some of our project members provide training to fellow SDIA members and others –

    • The International Child Development Programme trains child care givers in the psychosocial development of children.
    • A Child’s Garden of Peace helps schools and other institutions to establish community gardens.
    • I Protect Me trains children and adults on violence prevention and self-protection strategies.

Knowledge-sharing and outreach

Every year SDIA organises an international networking conference in a different part of the world. During the conference our members and others who are interested in development work share experiences, expertise and best practices about issues that concern them. Through its links with United Nations agencies and other organisations, SDIA brings knowledge and information on worldwide development trends, ideas and news to our projects.

Read more about our networking activities.


Volunteers can engage to build the capacity of our members while experiencing a valuable learning opportunity for themselves. SDIA’s getInvolved! programme helps link people who have an interest in global development with Susila Dharma activities. It supports SDIA member organizations by sharing volunteers’ skills and knowledge, and gives people of all ages an opportunity to be part of meaningful and positive change through social, health, environmental and educational projects. SDIA’s getInvolved! prepares projects to receive volunteers and matches suitable volunteers with specific projects.

Volunteers can participate in the Human Force programme, our yearly short-term international camps, sign up to our consultant database, or commit to a long-term placement or internship in the field.

E-NEWS August 2019

This issue brings you a short digest of the latest news from SDIA, including news of much needed goods arriving in DR Congo, a generous bequest and literary fundraising offer.

English https://mailchi.mp/56997f7621d2/good-news?e=a525a63a4c

French https://mailchi.mp/4e66ef3bbe8a/good-news-1464761?e=a525a63a4c

Spanish https://mailchi.mp/a82c173ce2af/good-news-1464933?e=a525a63a4c

E-NEWS February 2019

Susila Dharma’s pilot project to improve the early lives of young children in an impoverished Peruvian community is a success!

English https://mailchi.mp/dd1b7e410074/it-takes-a-village?e=a525a63a4c

French https://mailchi.mp/7ed64577d19b/il-faut-un-village?e=a525a63a4c

Spanish https://mailchi.mp/9d3d695dc7dc/el-trabajo-de-todo-un-pueblo?e=a525a63a4c

E-NEWS May 2019

Can the Amanecer Centre in Colombia be developed as a space for innovation, learning and creativity? We believe it can – read on to find out why …

English https://mailchi.mp/b816fda53fa5/celebrating-amanecer?e=a525a63a4c

French https://mailchi.mp/794476afa173/celebrer-amanecer?e=a525a63a4c

Spanish https://mailchi.mp/e8fa5e574dc4/celebrando-amanecer?e=a525a63a4c


A Child’s Garden of Peace

Natural Heroes episode 212


Anisha Foundation

Anisha: Organic Farming in South India

Film by Myra Margolin


Bina Cita Utama

Bina Cita Utama (BCU) provides a high quality-learning environment in Central Kalimantan. Established in 2005, Bina Cita Utama aims to build a better future for Central Kalimantan. The name Bina Cita Utama means to nurture ideals, dreams, hopes and ambitions, which are noble, or of the highest standing.


Borneo Football International Foundation

The BFIF official video from 2016

Borneo Football International Academy has an integrated programme for assisting children and youth’s healthy development through football.


Fundación Amanecer 

Film in Spanish – Evaluation of ‘After School’ Pilot Project in 2018



Fundación Trópico 

By Clara Rust, sponsored by Susila Dharma Britain

Filmed in 2017 during a volunteer placement by Clara Rust and 4 Canadian volunteers who were teaching English to trainee tour guides, this short film highlights Fundación Trópico’s work to safeguard the biodiversity of the Valle del Cauca in Colombia.



Reserva Forestal de Ríobravo, Valle del Cauca. Colombia

Film in Spanish 

The Río Bravo Reserve (Valle del Cauca, Colombia) is part of one of the world’s most biologically rich and threatened areas. Fundación Trópico is committed to protecting the rich biodiversity of the region of Valle del Cauca, in Colombia, including Río Bravo, as well as supporting communities that want to live in harmony with nature.



Bajo Calima, Municipio de Buenaventura-Valle de Cauca

Film in Spanish

Community development project in the lower basin of the Calima River, Municipality of Buenaventura, Valle de Cauca, Colombia – where the target population is made up of displaced and returnee Afro-Colombian communities.



Human Force

Human Force Camp at YPK in 2016

By Clara Rust, sponsored by SD Britain

Video by Clara Rust of the Human Force camp held at Permakultur Kalimantan Foundation in 2016


Human Force Camp 2014, Puebla, Mexico

By Andrew Hall

This video is about the Human Force camp held in August 2014 at the Casa Cuna non-profit day-care and preschool in Puebla, Mexico. The week-long Human Force camps involve work and study at Susila Dharma projects in different countries.



The Human Force Volunteering for Social Change at Anisha 

By Myra Margolin

Video made at the 2012 Human Force camp held at Anisha, India.



Mis Corazones Alegres – ‘My Happy Hearts Foundation’

The Mis Corazones Alegres Foundation is a non-profit organisation aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults by providing them with board and lodging and personal care in a loving environment. The project has around 20 older adults in its care, and is currently working from a rented house in Medellín.



Puppeteers Without Borders

The Puppet as a health ambassador

Puppeteers Without Borders trains peer educators in topics such as reproductive anatomy, contraception and sexual violence, with the aim of supporting teachers’ capacity to promote knowledge and positive healthy beliefs and behaviors.



The King is Ill – Puppets at work in Kinshasha

By Benoît Erwann Boucherot

A short film by of the making of The King is Ill puppet show in Democratic Republic of the Congo, a production facilitated by Puppeteers Without Borders.



Who is the Enemy?

By Andrew Hall

“Who is the enemy?” is a moving paper-theater performance based on refugees’ real stories and original drawings. It was created by Erica Zoltan Sapir of Puppeteers Without Borders, with funding by Susila Dharma Germany.

Erica spent several weeks in early 2016 visiting the Paulusheim Refugee Centre in Bonn, Germany where she worked with the people there to express their experiences creatively through drawing and story telling. Erica took this material to create this paper-theatre show which was performed five times in Bonn in mid-November 2016.



Roda Viva

Film in Portuguese

A short promotional video about Roda Viva’s work with children and young people in a multi-cultural area of Lisbon, Portugal.



Vida Plena

Thank you, Susila Dharma

Film in Spanish with subtitles

Young people who have benefited from Vida Plena’s Ñande Rekoha programme of after school support and activities, talk about what it has meant to them.



Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan

Permaculture Design Course

Documentation of the first intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC) for Gunung Mas farmers from the One Million Tree Project. This training is a partnership between Borneo Institute and Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan.



Yayasan Usaha Mulia – Foundation for Noble Work

Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM) – Foundation for Noble Work – Is a not-for-profit organisation that assists the poor and destitute in Indonesia through social welfare projects. For more than 35 years we have been undertaking projects in the fields of Community Development, Education, and Health that aim to assist Indonesian from poor backgrounds regardless of their ethnicity, religion, age or gender.



The Cipanas YUM Organic Farm

The YUM Organic Farm was established to promote a healthy community and environmental sustainability, as well as to help local farmers to obtain a decent income.



YUM Kalimantan Vocational Training Center

Since 2011, YUM has committed to ensure that more youths obtain the skills needed to find a job. Youth unemployment rates are five times higher than those of adults, making skill development an area of vital importance. In Central Kalimantan, YUM is training youths in English, Computer, Sewing, Hairdressing and Food Production, in hopes that these skills can ensure better employability or open up possibilities for self-employment.



Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta

YTS – Development Through Participation



YTS – The Manado Method

Video made by Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s Sumali Agrawal in conjunction with Borneo Productions International about a natural alternative to mercury in gold mining. This method has been pioneered by small-scale miners in North Sulawesi and uses ijuk, a strong and sturdy fibre that comes from the bark of the sugar palm tree that grows all over Indonesia.


Introduction to mercury use in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining

This video featuring Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s then-Technical Director, Sumali Agrawal , describes the use of mercury in gold extraction in small-scale mining activities. It further underlines the risks that mercury poses to the surrounding environment and people. It also presents an overview of alternative, environmentally-friendly methods that can be applied in place of mercury amalgamation.


“Being a great member of whatever community you belong to”

How Human Force volunteering changed my idea of volunteerism – By Davida Paul.

Human Force Youth Mentorship Program member – BC Council for International Cooperation United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Bootcamper

The idea of what volunteerism meant to me was spun on its head when I attended my first volunteer camp organized by the Human Force. Change isn’t about ‘saving people’, but it’s about being a great member of whatever community you belong to. 

My name is Davida Paul, and like many other high school graduates I wanted to take a ‘gap year’ to travel, and to unravel the layers of ordinary routine by diving head-first into our mysterious world. We are all fortunate to have the connections and networks within our Subud community to collaborate and take part in the many projects around the world. However, for many young people it almost feels as though we stand in the shadows amongst this. That’s why when I stumbled across, and was told about the Human Force Camp, there was a deep yearning within me to go. The Human Force Camp has provided volunteer programs for social change since 2009 in 5 different countries: Colombia, Mexico (2x), India, Indonesia (3x), and Germany. 

In 2016, I participated in the Human Force camp in Kalimantan, Indonesia, where I truly experienced a transformation that wiped away my Eurocentric lens, and opened my eyes to the realities of our planet. I remember vividly when we were driving through Central Kalimantan for 2 hours, through acres upon acres of monoculture palm oil plantations. Jayadi Paembonan (Yayasan Permakulture Kalimantan Co-founder) talked about the reality of the monopoly market, social injustices, effects on the land, and how that reflects on the work they are doing. A valuable component of our time during the HF Camp was drawing upon these issues through the Global Awareness Program where the HF coordinators facilitated discussions, and spoke about the local and global contexts regarding Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Conservation, and Sustainability. “Where there’s a problem, there’s a solution” was the mantra. 

Two years after the camp I knew that I wanted to be one part of the piece of the solutions puzzle, and so I joined The Human Force’s Youth Mentorship Program. I have had the privilege to join, and facilitated the 2018 HF camp in Kalimantan as a trainee. This was my second camp and the second camp HF has held with Yayasan Permaculture Kalimantan. This new perspective as a facilitator allowed me to see, feel, and understand how humbling, and truly rewarding this work is – not only for myself, but as a collective; and how positive, relevant, socially-conscious and culturally-sensitive work can evoke change within ourselves and within communities, and develop into sustainable enterprises. 

Through this new perspective gained via the Human Force Camp, and with the unwavering support of Susila Dharma Canada + SDIA, I will be attending 3 retreats over the course of 2019 with a UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Bootcamp organized by the British Columbia Council of International Cooperation. I have been able share and apply my knowledge alongside 19 other amazing youth as we develop our personal story for social change, be mentored, partake in public engagement initiatives, travel to New York for the High-Level Political Forum meeting, and learn how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals to become active SDG changemakers. Through these various opportunities I have been able to foster my growth and knowledge in social awareness, climate action, education, BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Colour) rights movements, sustainable agriculture, and regenerative land practices.

As for Human Force, this year we will be adding country #6, with our next camp in Colorado, USA from July 9th-19th, 2019.  We are joining together to be a part of one piece of the puzzle of solutions in our upcoming 2019 Human Force Camp in Crestone, Colorado where we’ll be immersing ourselves in the beautiful landscape of Crestone, and bridge our voluntary work with The Atalanta Association through our Global Awareness Program. Intertwined with our Global Awareness Program, which is aimed to take a deep look at relevant global, and regional issues and solutions, we will navigate our ‘self’ through personal, and group reflective activities. 

Further to this, Human Force is offering a subsidy for participants who will be attending the National USA Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 4th-8th). 

If you’d like to learn about Human Force, or about our upcoming camp email us at: hellohumanforce@gmail.com or visit our facebook, and instagram page for more details.